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This is my first post and my first layout research process. I'm planning my first layout and would like to present it here for review, opinions, etc. I'm limited to 8' 3" x 5' 2" for size. The only engine I have is a Lionel SW8 and the Polar Express set which started all of this. I've attached the SCARM file using Fastrack, hopefully I did this right. Thanks for any and all help.

Tim

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@shane333  Great job on your first post and layout.  There is something I'd like to bring to your attention.  When FasTrack switches are attached directly to a curve, many locomotives have a tendency to derail coming out of the curve when attempting to head through the out direction of the switch.  This is illustrated in the image below.  Blue arrows show direction of travel, and red arrows show the switch points that would cause derailments.

track3mu

My suggestion would be to shift some of the existing short straight sections in your plan so that they're in between the curves and switches as shown with blue track in the next image.

track3alt

This does shorten the yard spurs slightly.  I think in the long run this change will prevent some potential frustration with frequent derailments.  The SCARM file with these changes is attached.

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@ADCX Rob posted:

Looks good, but you may want to eliminate the "ess" curves, especially the hard ones at the switches.

Rob thank you and good suggestions.  I like the way you changed the crossover switches to eliminate the S curve there.

Track3_Ver-2alt

Here's a variation using RH switches for the yard which eliminates the O-36 Quarter turn S curve from the yard entrance.  I presume the S curve on the top of the inside loop is intentional, perhaps for a building or accessory to go there.  If not, I agree with Rob, that it may be better to make that section straight.

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Last edited by SteveH

@shane333 One of the cool things about FastTrack is that you can do quite a bit with different radius curves and still have the layout work out in a smaller space. I think you have the space to make your outer loop O48, or even a combination of O48 and O60 curves. You can mix and match curves to try and create a wider, sweeping curve. As long as the angles add up to 180, you are good to go. This would shorten your straight runs, and you "waste" a little extra space in the corners due to the wider curves, but the trains running the outer loop will look pretty nice on a wider curve. Something to think about, in my opinion. You could also keep the S-curve that you added at the top of the layout, which I like for some added interest and to squeeze some station platforms in, but do it with wider radius curves so that the derail risk is minimized/eliminated.

I just played around with this using wider radius curves on the outer loop and some tweaking to the S-curve at the top. This is still a little sloppy and there is room to make this more symmetrical, improve the yard entrance, etc. Or do a crossover at the top instead between the loops, and a passing siding at the bottom for the inner loop.

In summary - if you had interest in using curves beyond O36, your table size, particularly that 62" width, gives you some options.

shane333

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